Welcome to SupportMe

This website is designed for people who wish to find information on all the various support services that are available to them in the West of Ireland.

Twenty different categories are listed in order to make looking for information a bit easier and you can also search by keyword or put in your local town.


Services by Region: Mayo Services by Region: Galway Services by Region: Roscommon

Support Services

Disability support services in Mayo

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1. Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru Therapy View More Details on Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru Therapy Visit the Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru Therapy Website Email Arlene Naugthen @ Sugru Therapy
Address: Contact Details:
Main Office:
Co Roscommon
Outreach Service in Various Locations
Telephone: 0867920925
Email: arlene@sugru.ie
Email: info@sugru.ie
Website: www.sugru.ie

Arlene Naughten, the Clinical Director at Sugru, provides a range of services to meet the developmental and therapeutic needs of families, children, young people, teenagers, and parents. The main aim of Sugru is to provide a service that is fully accessible and thus has an option for everyone. 

For New & Expectant Mothers - Child Development & Parenting Workshop - Offering a valuable support to new mothers to equip them with tools to improve their emotional health and the well-being of their child.

For Families -  

An Individual Parenting Consutation is the first port of call for any parent experiencing any difficulty, where parents will get professional advice based on their individual needs as identified. 

Family based Therapeutic Intervention is designed to meet the needs of a family as a whole and will often include play therapy for younger children, cognitive behaviour therapy for teenagers, parenting support for parents, and attachement work with the whole family. (see www.sugru.ie for more information on each of these therapeutic techniques)

Parening Workshops - Small numbers per group, gives parents the opportunity to learn parenting skills specific to their families needs

o Communicating with your Child, From Baby to Toddler: The Early Years
o Managing the Family: A Tool for Busy Families
o Parenting a Teenage
o Parenting through Divorce/Separation
o Parenting a Child with Special Needs

For Children:

o Developmental Play Groups (age 2-3 years)
o Individual Therapeutic Play (age 3 - 12 years)
o Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (age 10 - 18 years)

Mindfulness for Everyone - Learn important relaxion technique and have the opportunity to practice same in the variety of sessions on offer

o Mammy & Baby Mindfulness
o Parent & Toddler Mindfulness
o Parent's Mindfulness
o Childrens Mindfulness
o Adult Mindfulness

Specialised Services for Children with Additional Needs - such as Autism, Dyspraxia, etc.

o Specialised Developmental Play Groups
o Social Skills Workshops
o Meditation & Movement Classes
o Socialisation Camps
o Sibling Support Groups

Your Practitioner: Arlene Naughten BA, PGDipPsyc, PGDipEd, MScPsyc, MScFPsycC, PGCertPBPT, mBPsS, mPsSI, mPTI, mTCI is a highly trained and experienced practitioner with a range of specialisms including working with Domestic Violence, Neuro-Developmental Needs, Fears, Anxiety, Attachment, Early Childhood Trauma, and Family Communication Breakdowns, to name but a few. Arlene's full biography can be seen at http://sugru.ie/?page_id=38. 

2. Arthritis Ireland View More Details on Arthritis Ireland Visit the Arthritis Ireland Website Email Arthritis Ireland
Address: Contact Details:
Clanwilliam Square,
Grand Canal Quay,
Dublin 2
Telephone: (01) 661 8188
Email: e.info@arthritisireland.ie
Website: www.arthritisireland.ie/

Arthritis Ireland,Ireland's only arthritis charity enabling people with arthritis to take their lives back. We provide real solutions. We empower people with arthritis and those caring for them to take positive actions to manage the effects of their disease on their lives.

We dramatically improve the quality of life of people affected with arthritis through the provision of innovative and life changing education and support programmes which are specially designed to give people with arthritis the information and skills they need to take back control of their disease and their life.

We actively support research into arthritis to ensure that Ireland is at the forefront of new break-through’s leading to possible cures.
We fund training of health professionals  through university medical schools to create a direct and positive improvement in patient care.
We lobby Government departments to invest the necessary funding in rheumatology services to provide a world class service that will positively  change  the outlook and outcome of patients lives.

3. Autism Support Ireland View More Details on Autism Support Ireland Visit the Autism Support Ireland Website Email Autism Support Ireland
Address: Contact Details:
Telephone: (01) 853 1572
Email: info@autismsupport.ie
Website: www.autismsupport.ie/

Autism Support Ireland is a coordinated initiative which aims to enhance and support the whole person and family affected by Autism by providing access to information.

4. Brí - Independent Brain Injury Support & Advocacy View More Details on Brí - Independent Brain Injury Support & Advocacy Visit the Brí - Independent Brain Injury Support & Advocacy Website Email Brí - Independent Brain Injury Support & Advocacy
Address: Contact Details:
St Catherines Sports Centre
Marrowbone Land
Dublin 8
Telephone: 01 482 4802
Email: info@briireland.ie
Email: support@briireland.ie
Website: www.briireland.ie

Brí, Independent brain injury support & advocacy is a charity organisation that provide support, information & advocacy to people with brain injury, their families and carers all over Ireland. Our Head Office is based in Dublin but we have support groups in Mayo and Roscommon:

Mayo group:
3rd Monday of every month
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Le Cheile Family Resource Centre

Roscommon group:
1st Tuesday of every month
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Abbey Hotel, Galway Road, Roscommon

We also provide telephone and email support through: 01 482 4802, support@briireland.ie 

5. Department of Social Protection View More Details on Department of Social Protection Visit the Department of Social Protection Website Email Department of Social Protection
Address: Contact Details:
Áras Mhic Dhiarmada,
Store Street,
Dublin 1
Telephone: 01 7043000
Email: info@welfare.ie
Website: www.welfare.ie

The Department's role is to promote a caring society through ensuring access to income support and other services, enabling active participation, promoting social inclusion and supporting families. Older people are supported through income and other support services including the following;

– Information Services – 1890 66 22 44
– Free Travel, Household Benefits, State Pension, Domiciliary Care, Widow(er)s Pension, Widowed Parent Grant, Blind Persons Pension - Tel: 1890 500 000
– Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit, Disability Allowance, Disablement Benefit, Invalidity Pension, Bereavement Grant - Tel: 1890 927 770
– Supplementary Welfare Allowance - 071 9157100
– Homemakers Te 1890 690 690
– Respite Care Grant – Tel: 01 6732222
– Illness Benefit, Injury Benefit, Medical Care – Tel: 1890 928 400
– Treatment Benefit -Telephone 1890 400 400 
Social Welfare Local Office Galway Tel 091 500800 
Hynes Building, St. Augustine Street, Galway, Co. Galway

6. Disability Support Service View More Details on Disability Support Service Visit the Disability Support Service Website Email Disability Support Service
Address: Contact Details:

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Block A, Blanchardstown Rd Noth
Dublin 15

Telephone: (01) 8851382
Email: disabilitysupportservice@nln.ie
Website: www.nln.ie/Centres/Disability-...

The National Learning Network/CDVEC Disability Support Service (DSS) is an exciting and innovative partnership between the National Learning Network and the City of Dublin Vocational Educational Committee which offers a wide range of supports to students with disabilities in eight VEC Colleges of Further Education in Dublin.

7. Employability Mayo View More Details on Employability Mayo Visit the Employability Mayo Website Email Employability Mayo
Address: Contact Details:
Mosaic Centre
Harlequin Plaza
Garvey Way
Co Mayo
Contact: Greg Barry
Telephone: 0949043008 Castlebar
09671014 Ballina
09782840 Belmullet
Email: info@employabilitymayo.ie
Email: greg@employabilitymayo.ie
Website: www.employabilitymayo.ie

We are a Supported Employment service, funded under the Department of Social Protection, that enables people with disabilities to source, secure and maintain employment in the open labour market.

We provide support to

  • People with disabilities in Mayo who want to work. This includes people with physical, sensory, intellectual disabilities and also people who are managing a mental health difficulty.
  • Employers in Mayo who would like to include a person with a disability in their workforce.

Our company  Work Web West Ltd., was set up in 2001 and rebranded to Employability Mayo in July 2010 as part of the national rebranding of the FÁS funded National Supported programme.  We have been supporting people into employment throughout Mayo for 10 years.

People to Contact

Greg Barry

Sharron Mussett /Dolores O'Boyle

Colette Corless
8. Enable Ireland Galway View More Details on Enable Ireland Galway Visit the Enable Ireland Galway Website Email Enable Ireland Galway
Address: Contact Details:

Seamus Quirke Road

Telephone: 091 545800/526321
Email: info.galway@enableireland.ie
Website: www.enableireland.ie/

Enable Ireland’s mission is to work in partnership with those who use our services to achieve maximum independence, choice and inclusion in their communities

Enable Ireland provides free services to children and adults with disabilities and their families from 40 locations in 14 counties. Covering childhood to adulthood our expert teams work with the individual and their family on a plan for each life stage.

Our services for children and their families cover all aspects of a child's physical, educational, and social development from early infancy through adolescence.

For adults we offer a range of services covering personal development, independent living, supported employment, social and leisure activities.

9. Enable Ireland Mayo View More Details on Enable Ireland Mayo Visit the Enable Ireland Mayo Website Email Enable Ireland Mayo
Address: Contact Details:

14A N5 Business Park,
Moneen, Castlebar,
Co. Mayo.


Telephone: (094) 9060234 or (094) 9060235
Email: info.mayo@enableireland.ie
Website: www.enableireland.ie/mayo

Enable Ireland provides free services to children and adults with disabilities and their families from 40 locations in 14 counties. Covering childhood to adulthood our expert teams work with the individual and their family on a plan for each life stage.

Our services for children and their families cover all aspects of a child's physical, educational, and social development from early infancy through adolescence.

For adults we offer a range of services covering personal development, independent living, supported employment, social and leisure activities.

10. Galway Hearing Care View More Details on Galway Hearing Care Visit the Galway Hearing Care Website Email Galway Hearing Care
Address: Contact Details:
5 Commerce House,
Flood Street,
Contact: Joseph Browne
Telephone: 091 567 888
Email: info@galwayhearngcare.ie
Website: www.galwayheariungcare.ie

Galway Hearing Care is a private family run Audiology service providing Hearing Assessment and digital hearing aids to adults and children over 4 years of age. Our reputation speaks for itself and it is why ENT Consultants in UCHG and The Galway Clinic trust us with their Patients. We offer full PRSI grant (€1000) every 4 years towards the cost of hearing aids (to qualifying applicants).

People to Contact

Joseph Browne
091 567 888

11. Home Care Plus View More Details on Home Care Plus Visit the Home Care Plus Website Email Home Care Plus
Address: Contact Details:

6b Woodbine Park,
County Dublin

Telephone: (01) 2605002
Email: info@homecareplus.ie
Website: www.homecareplus.ie/

Home Care Plus is a dynamic private home care & home help company providing care in the home to all age groups, to the highest possible standards. Numerous international studies have shown that people prefer to stay in their own home for as long as possible. Home care& home help is an alternative to nursing home care and hospital care in certain circumstances and it enables people to remain independent longer than would otherwise be possible and to continue enjoying life and contributing to society in a positive manner.

12. IASE View More Details on IASE Visit the IASE Website Email IASE
Address: Contact Details:

No 3 Broadhaven House
Lower Barrack Street
Co Mayo


Contact: Sarah Togher
Telephone: 00 353 97 82894
00 353 97 82895
Email: info@iase.ie
Email: admin@iase.ie
Email: media@iase.ie
Website: www.iase.ie

IASE (Irish Association of Supported Employment) is a national voluntary organisation which was established in February 1994 with the aim of promoting and developing supported employment throughout Ireland.  IASE is the representative voice of almost 800 members in Ireland who in turn work with over 5,000 people with disabilities who are receiving supports through a range of supported employment initiatives.  The organisation is currently funded by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government under the white paper for voluntary services.

IASE is a nationwide service.


People to Contact

Sarah Togher
097 82894

13. Independent Healthcare Service Ltd. View More Details on Independent Healthcare Service Ltd. Visit the Independent Healthcare Service Ltd. Website Email Independent Healthcare Service Ltd.
Address: Contact Details:

Unit 3
Wespoint Business Park
Dublin 15

Telephone: (01) 4433390
Email: info@ihsltd.ie
Website: www.ihsltd.ie/

Company founded in 2006. I.H.S staff have over 30 years combined experience in the area of Healthcare, building up a reputation for Quality, based on total commitment to a changing market. Our goal is to deliver a comprehensive range of products and services designed to ease the workload of the carer and to improve the quality of life for patients.

14. Independent Living Ireland View More Details on Independent Living Ireland Visit the Independent Living Ireland Website Email Independent Living Ireland
Address: Contact Details:
5 The Parade
Bastion Court
Connaught Street
Telephone: 090 64 92702
Email: info@independentlivingireland.ie
Website: www.independentlivingireland.i...

Independent Living Ireland Ltd provides telecare and assistive living services to promote independence, dignity and quality of life to the elderly, people with disabilities and their carers.

Our products assist those in need to live safely in their homes by reducing the risks of fire and flood, improving security and providing peace of mind in emergency situations e.g fall detection, that a family member/neighbour/monitoring centre will be alerted immediately.

We have two demonstration houses in Athlone town and Ballyconnell Co.Cavan which allow carers, families and individuals to view a wide range of telecare and assistive living products and to test their application.

15. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind View More Details on Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Visit the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Website Email Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind
Address: Contact Details:

National Headquarters and Training Centre,
Model Farm Road,
Cork City,

Telephone: Locall: 1850 506 300
Email: info@guidedogs.ie
Website: www.guidedogs.ie/

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is a national charity dedicated to helping people improve their mobility and independence.
The charity provides training for persons who are blind or vision impaired and also for the families of children with autism.

All services are provided free of charge and training takes place at our newly redeveloped residential National Headquarters and Training Centre which is located on Model Farm Road, Cork City.

Our Vision Impaired Services are available to people throughout the Republic of Ireland, who are blind or vision impaired and include:

Guide Dog Mobility Training
Orientation and Mobility (Long Cane) Training
Independent Living Skills Training
We also have an Assistance Dog Programme, where we provide trained Assistance Dogs to families of children with autism.

16. Irish Wheelchair Association View More Details on Irish Wheelchair Association Visit the Irish Wheelchair Association  Website Email Irish Wheelchair Association
Address: Contact Details:
St Anne's
Newport Road
Telephone: 094 906937
Email: castlebar@iwa.ie
Website: iwa.ie

The Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) was founded in 1960 by a small group of wheelchair users committed to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities in Ireland.

IWA has gone on to become an important provider of quality services to people with limited mobility throughout the country. Today, our association is made up of a vibrant network of 20,000 members and 2,300 staff, as well as many dedicated volunteers.

Together we work to achieve greater independence, freedom and choice for people living with a disability.

17. Kare Plus West View More Details on Kare Plus West Visit the Kare Plus West Website Email Kare Plus West
Address: Contact Details:

Hazel House,
Headford Road,
H91 V6RK

Contact: Debbie O Flaherty
Telephone: 091 706690
Email: west@kareplus.ie
Website: kareplus.ie/

Kare Plus - The Caring Company was originally founded in 1989 in the United Kingdom and from the very beginning it has grown alongside, and established itself as an important part of the UK and International healthcare marketplace.

Kare Plus Ireland was founded in 2018 and is a rapidly expanding network of independently owned franchises providing a full range of homecare, nursing & healthcare services to clients in their own communities. 

Kare Plus specialise in personalised, person centred care and we believe in providing a holistic service to our clients, putting them at the centre of everything we do. We pride ourselves on offering unrivaled support to our clients and staff in both establishment & home care settings.

As a HSE-approved provider, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality of care and support services consistently. Our highly-experienced management teams guarantee that we only deliver superior homecare, nursing and healthcare services.

  • Alzheimers and Dementia Care
  • Domicilliary & Paediatric Care
  • Disability Services & Mental Health Care
  • End of Life Care and Palliative Care
  • Respite Services
  • Private Care & Nursing at Home


People to Contact

Debbie O Flaherty
+353 (0) 863514682

Tobias Feibh
+353 (0)83 063 2200

18. Mayo Rape Crisis Centre View More Details on Mayo Rape Crisis Centre Visit the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre Website Email Mayo Rape Crisis Centre
Address: Contact Details:
Co. Mayo
Contact: Loretta McDonagh
Telephone: Freephone: 1800 234 900
Business: 094 9025657
Mobile: 0861659063
Email: Mayorcc@eircom.net
Email: lorettamayorcc@gmail.com
Email: niccimayorcc@gmail.com
Website: www.mrcc.ie

Free confidential prefessional service for anyone affected by sexual violence recently or int he past. A safe place for someone who is a survivor of child sexual abuse, incest, rape or sexual assault to talk and get the support and information they need.Our philosophy is informed by the values of equality, empowerment and inclusiveness. All our staff and volunteers are accredited to the Rape Crisis NewtworkIreland.
Services provided are:
Information and support for anyone affected by sexual violence
Counselling on a short or long tem basis with professional accredited counsellors
A telephone counselling service
A 24 hour answer service
Accompaniment through all aspects of the legal process
The centre accepts and makes referrals to/from voluntary and statutory bodies and support groups

Opening hours
Monday - Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 1pm

People to Contact

Loretta McDonagh

Nicci Rowntree-Carroll

19. Motability Ireland Ltd View More Details on Motability Ireland Ltd Visit the Motability Ireland Ltd Website Email Motability Ireland Ltd
Address: Contact Details:

Unit 21 Ashbourne Industrial Park
Co. Meath

Telephone: (01) 8359173
Email: sales@motabilityireland.com
Website: www.motabilityireland.com/

Motability Ireland Ltd was established in 1999 by Malachy McElmeel. Based in Ashbourne Co Meath, Motability Ireland manufactures car adaptations to assist disabled drivers and passengers. The most common type of adaptations are hand controls for disabled drivers and swivel seats for disabled passengers but the list of adaptation solutions available is vast.

The company has also grown to be the leading supplier of wheelchair accessible cars for disabled passengers. Whether you are in the market for a new wheelchair accessible car or a pre owned one, Motability Ireland have the vehicle in stock and offer free home demonstrations. Motability Ireland is also the country’s specialist in Drive from Wheelchair Vehicles to give wheelchair confined drivers complete independence.

20. Myhomecare View More Details on Myhomecare Visit the Myhomecare Website Email Myhomecare
Address: Contact Details:

Unit 19, 3rd Floor

Dockgate, Merchant's Road


Contact: Donna McCrystall
Telephone: 1 800 400 900
Email: info@myhomecare.ie
Website: myhomecare.ie/

Evidence has shown that people are happier and live longer within their own homes. All of our home care service programmes are designed to promote independent living within a safe and comfortable environment. Whether you’re looking for basic home help from qualified carers or advanced home nursing or home care services, our Home Care company can work with you to design a home care service package that meets your needs.

Our home care services include:

Respite Care
Assisted Hospital Discharge
Care for Children with Special Needs or Illness
Assisted Living
Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care
With offices in Dublin, Galway, Dundalk, Cork, Waterford and Limerick and a team of nationwide carers and registered nurses, our Home Care company, myhomecare.ie, is a leading supplier of home care services and home nursing solutions right across Ireland.

Would you like to work as a carer for myhomecare.ie?

If you have completed a carer course
If you are a caring person and have a genuine interest in helping others
If you have experience of caring for a loved one and would like to become a Homecare Assistant
If the answer is yes, we would love to hear from you.

People to Contact

Donna McCrystall

21. National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities View More Details on National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities Visit the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities Website Email National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities
Address: Contact Details:

National Office, C/O Citzens Information Board.
George's Quay
House 43 Townsend Street
Dublin 2, D02 VK65

Telephone: 0761073000
Email: info@advocacy.ie
Website: advocacy.ie

The National Advocacy Service (NAS) is an organisation which helps adults with disabilities. If you have a disability, like a physical or intellectual disability, one of our staff could help you with an issue you are having.
NAS provides a free and confidential advocacy service to adults with a disability, aged 18 years and over.  NAS is independent from Service Providers and funders.
NAS has a particular remit to work with people with disabilities who are in vulnerable situations, such as people who are isolated from their community of choice or mainstream society, may communicate differently and who have limited information or natural supports.  Our staff are called advocates, and they can assist you with problems like deciding where you want to live, healthcare decisions, your personal finances and family or relationships issues.

22. National Council for the Blind of Ireland View More Details on National Council for the Blind of Ireland Visit the National Council for the Blind of Ireland Website Email National Council for the Blind of Ireland
Address: Contact Details:

NCBI Galway,
9a St. Francis Street,

Telephone: 1850 334353
091 564926
Email: info@ncbi.ie
Website: www.ncbi.ie

NCBI is a not for profit charitable organisation which provides support and services nationwide to people experiencing sight loss.

We also provide a range of services to public and private organisations to make sure that their services are accessible to people who are blind and vision impaired.

23. National Federation of Arch Clubs View More Details on National Federation of Arch Clubs Visit the National Federation of Arch Clubs Website Email National Federation of Arch Clubs
Address: Contact Details:

74 Meadow Grove,
Churchtown Upper
Dublin 16,

Telephone: 01 2951081
Email: archclubs@eircom.net
Website: www.archclubs.com/

Friendship Clubs For People With Special Needs
The National Federation of Arch Clubs is the umbrella body in Ireland for 50 friendship clubs catering for people with special needs.

From the formation of one club in Dundrum to 50 clubs nationwide, Arch has continued to grow, with up to 2000 club members enjoying various club activities around the country. Well done to all the volunteers, committee members, fundraisers and parents who help to make their clubs possible.

Arch Clubs provide a secure social environment for people with special needs. We aim to enhance and enrich the lives of people with special needs and their families by providing choices, opportunities and respect for all those who have special needs in community-based Arch Clubs.

24. National Learning Network - Mayo View More Details on National Learning Network - Mayo Visit the National Learning Network - Mayo Website Email National Learning Network - Mayo
Address: Contact Details:

Breaffy Road, Castlebar, Mayo


Telephone: 094 9022770
Email: castlebar@nln.ie
Website: www.nln.ie

We provide free training to people with a support need to enable them to gain skills and confidence to secure employment or progress to further education. Courses are tailored to the individual and group sizes are small. All courses have work experience integrated into them and have QQI certification (level 3-5).

Courses include IT & Business Studies through Blended Learning, Employer Based Training, Jobstart, Freshstart (personal development course), Sports Industry and Gym Instructor Studies and Computer Studies & Office Skills.

All vocational courses are funded by the MSLETB. Our students range from people who require retraining after an accident to students with a learning diffculty such as dyslexia, to those who would benefit from extra support after a setback or who have a physical barrier to learning.

Please contact us to see if you qualify for training with the National Learning Network.

25. Post Polio Support Group View More Details on Post Polio Support Group Visit the Post Polio Support Group Website Email Post Polio Support Group
Address: Contact Details:

Unit 319 Capel Building,
Mary's Abbey,
Dublin 7,

Telephone: (01) 889 8920
Email: info@ppsg.ie
Website: www.ppsg.ie/

The Post Polio Support Group CLG (PPSG) is a charitable organisation set up by Polio Survivors to assist their fellow survivors.


Regular meetings are held countrywide at which Polio Survivors can get together.  This can provide a focus for sharing information on the Late Effects of Polio, often with the help of specialist practitioners who frequently attend the meetings by arrangement.  If there is not a social support meeting near you and you have ideas for meeting with other Polio Survivors please let us know by telephone at 01 889 8920 or E-mail  info@ppsg.ie.

26. Shore Farm Pony Therapy View More Details on Shore Farm Pony Therapy Visit the Shore Farm Pony Therapy Website Email Shore Farm Pony Therapy
Address: Contact Details:
Co. Mayo
Contact: Emer Quinn
Telephone: 087 2110129
Email: quinnemer2@gmail.com
Website: www.northmayo.ie/shore-farm-po...

Shore Farm Pony Therapy is based in the scenic location overlooking Killala Bay with access to the shoreline for horse and rider. This centre is the only Therapeutic Riding Centre in County Mayo. The facilities include a sand arena, stable yard and sensory trail, providing fantastic opportunities to expose riders to a rich variety of sensory experiences.

Shore Farm Pony therapy caters for children with emotional, physical or cognitive disabilities between the ages of 4-12. A Therapeutic riding session is a healthy and fun activity that gently challenges the rider and rewards them with a sense of achievement and freedom. A roller and pad are used for the rider to sit on, this allows the rider to get an enriched sensory and physical experience. The horse’s movement mimics and helps to develop the movement of walking for the rider. This promotes strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and confidence for rider.

Therapeutic riding sessions are individualised and designed to encourage participation and the development of individual abilities, with specific goals designed for each rider.Therapeutic riding offers many benefits including emotional, social and physical, leading to greater awareness and self-confidence for people with special needs.


People to Contact

Emer Quinn
087 2110129

27. Special Needs Parents Association View More Details on Special Needs Parents Association Visit the Special Needs Parents Association Website Email Special Needs Parents Association
Address: Contact Details:

Special Needs Parents Association

13 Upper Baggot Street

Second Floor

Dublin 4

Telephone: 087 0986019
087 7741917
Email: info@specialneedsparents.ie
Website: www.specialneedsparents.ie/

Special Needs Parents Association exists to support all parents of children with special needs irrespective of age or diagnosis, by advocating on a national level for improved treatment, education, welfare and acceptance for our children.

The Special Needs Parents Association was set up early in 2010 by likeminded parents from all over Ireland who realised that there was a need for a national organisation to represent the views of all parents who had children with special needs, regardless of their diagnosis or age.

We chose not to distinguish between parents who had children with physical disabilities; intellectual disabilities, sensory disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, learning difficulties and non-diagnosed conditions, for all parents of these children had one thing in common. We are parents of children with special needs.

What do we do?

We do not seek to compete with other local groups, but to help point parents in the right direction who may be looking for a local group or service and to provide parent to parent support in the areas where there is none. The Association has a network of Area Representatives offering local support to parents and to liaise with local groups and services. If there is no support group in your area, we can help you get one started by promoting it online for you.

On a national level the Association aims to represent parents who feel strongly about their children’s access to the Irish education system as well as to society in general.

We provide information on

Special education and accessing resources
Social Welfare
Local parent support groups

28. The Asthma Society of Ireland View More Details on The Asthma Society of Ireland Visit the The Asthma Society of Ireland Website Email The Asthma Society of Ireland
Address: Contact Details:

Asthma Society of Ireland
42-43 Amiens Street,
Dublin 1

Telephone: 01 8178886
Email: office@asthmasociety.ie
Website: www.asthma.ie/

The Asthma Society's vision is for Ireland to take a leading role in Europe by developing an integrated public health approach to asthma management, delivering evidence based care; enabling patients to enjoy optimal asthma control and quality of life.

The Asthma Society of Ireland's mission is to optimise asthma control through support, education, effecting change and research.

The Asthma Society of Ireland has a clearly defined role in providing support services for people living with asthma. With over 470,000 people living with asthma in this country alone, we actively engage with the general public, healthcare professionals, the government, third party organisations and other stakeholders to keep asthma high on the agenda.

29. The National Disability Authority View More Details on The National Disability Authority Visit the The National Disability Authority Website Email The National Disability Authority
Address: Contact Details:

25 Clyde Road,
Dublin 4

Telephone: (01) 6080400
Email: nda@nda.ie
Website: www.nda.ie/

The National Disability Authority (NDA), as the independent statutory body provides information and advice to the Government on policy and practice relevant to the lives of persons with disabilities. We have a role to assist the Minister for Justice and Equality in the co-ordination of disability policy.

Our functions include research, developing and collaborating on the development of relevant statistics; assisting in the development of standards; developing codes of practice and monitoring the implementation of standards, codes and employment of persons with disabilities in the public service.

We work through our Centre for Excellence in Universal Design to promote the universal design of the built environment, products, services and information and communication technologies so that they can be easily accessed and used by everyone, including persons with disabilities.

30. UCD School of Psychology - Disability Studies View More Details on UCD School of Psychology - Disability Studies Visit the UCD School of Psychology - Disability Studies Website
Address: Contact Details:

Dublin 4

Telephone: (01) 716 7225
Website: www.ucd.ie/

The Centre for Disability Studies was established in 2002 with the appointment of the NDA Chair in Disability Studies at University College Dublin and joined The School of Psychology within The College of Human Sciences in September 2005.
The Centre is dedicated to the emerging field of disability studies, a multi- and inter-disciplinary area of research, teaching, training, and practice that aims to develop a better understanding of disability.

This includes looking at the nature of disability (both historically and currently), the impact of disability on people with disabilities, their families and wider social context, and how services can met the needs and maximise the potential of people with disabilities and their families.

Through the MSc in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies and the various research projects based in the Centre, we work to make a contribution to national and international understanding and practice in the field of Disability Studies.

31. Westcare Homecare Ltd View More Details on Westcare Homecare Ltd Visit the Westcare Homecare Ltd Website Email Westcare Homecare Ltd
Address: Contact Details:
Unit 10 B Cleveragh Business Park
Contact: Geraldine Casserly
Telephone: 071 9146768
071 9144677
087 9745273
Email: info@westcarehomecare.ie
Website: www.westcarehomecare.ie

Westcare Homecare Ltd, is a private company owned and operated by Geraldine Casserly and Sharon Carter, both of whom have extensive experience in the home care industry.  Westcare Homecare Ltd  provides quality care to persons in the home.  All our carers are Fetac level 5 trained, insured, Garda Vetted and referenced check.  We provide care to the elderly, persons with physical and intellectual disabilities, persons with alzheimers, and those requiring pallative care. 

People to Contact

Geraldine Casserly
071 9146768

32. Western Care Association View More Details on Western Care Association Visit the Western Care Association Website Email Western Care Association
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Western Care Association,

John Moore Road,


County Mayo

Telephone: 094 9025133
Email: info@westerncare.com
Website: www.westerncare.com

Western Care Association exists to empower people with a wide range of learning and associated disabilities in Co. Mayo to live full and satisfied lives as equal citizens.

The Organisation has a Service Level Agreement with the Health Service Executive on whose behalf it provides supports and services to people with intellectual disabilities in Co. Mayo.

The Association is a voluntary (non-statutory) Organisation, and this voluntary status ensures that;-

    Parents and Friends of its service users make up the membership of the Board of Directors of the Association.

    That voluntary workers are recruited and engaged in supporting service users and staff to enhance service quality and to support community integrations.

    That volunteers are engaged in fundraising and community awareness activities which also enhance service quality and social opportunities.  

33. Work4You - Acquired Brain Injury Ireland View More Details on Work4You - Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Visit the Work4You - Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Website Email Work4You - Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
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Acquired Brain Injury Ireland
Upper Chapel Street
Co., Mayo
Contact: Mairead Bradley
Telephone: 0949026630
012804164 ext 301
Email: work4you@abiireland.ie
Email: mbradley@abiireland.ie
Website: www.abiireland.ie

Work4You is a vocational assessment service for people who have an acquired brain injury (ABI) and who want to return to work, training or education. Work4You also provides essential ABI information and education for employers, tutors and trainers who are supporting people affected by an ABI. ABI Ireland has three Work4You teams located in the Border, Midlands and West Region. Each team includes an Occupational Therapist and two Vocational Facilitators who will carry out one-to-one assessments as well as providing on-going vocational guidance and support. Every Work4You participant will be supported to develop a Personal Progression Plan (PPP) which will enable them to set, and achieve goals relating to education, training and employment. The west team covers the counties Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

A full Work4You assessment is carried out by an Occupational Therapist, highlighting each Work4You participants work skills, knowledge and experience. The Work4You team use Valpar assessment tools while also taking a holistic look at the participants’ life. Focusing on the individuals functional and work capacity, identifying transferrable skills.
Work4You will:
- Give the individual a chance to get involved in tasks which they may find more challenging, such as identify areas of work they find difficult or impossible to do
- Provide assistance in setting vocational goals; which include outlining potential work, training and education options
- Ensure that those with an ABI receive feedback, recommendations and strategies with which they can build on their vocational strength
- Develop a sustainable working environment for both the employee, employer, student, tutor and trainer. 

Work4You referrals can be made by the person with an ABI, a family member, or employer as well as healthcare and allied professionals. Work4You participants must meet the following criteria:
- Have sustained an ABI
- Live in counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Galway, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth, Cavan, Monaghan or Laois
- 16-65 years
- Receive a Department of Social Protection payment
- Be approved by the Department of Social Protection to participate in Work4You

ABI Ireland will coordinate an eligibility check on behalf of the Department of Social Protection. Once approval has been received the Work4You team will begin to work with the individual to ensure an effective Personal Progression Plan is put in place to help them return to work, training or education. In the event of someone not being eligible for this programme, the team will link them in with appropriate community support services.

Work4You is funded by the Department of Social Protection and the European Social Fund under the Disability Activation Project (DACT). The programme ‘Work4You’ is the first community based neuro-assessment service of its kind in Ireland.

The Work4You hub for the West and North-West Region is located at Upper Chapel Street, Castlebar. For more information about Work4You contact 094 9026 630 or see www.abiireland.ie 

People to Contact

Mairead Bradley

Zoe Barnett

Rosaleen Gaffney